Bourses Postdoctorales, Berlin : Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices

Postdoctoral Fellowships « Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices », Berlin
Berlin, Germany, October 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019
Application deadline: Jan 15, 2018

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to six postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the research program « Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und Ästhetische Praktiken » for the academic year 2018/19.

« Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » is a research and fellowship program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries of art history in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for university and museum scholars from all regions, it aims to discuss the potentials and contours of a plural history of art. It especially invites scholars from Islamic, Asian, African, Australian, European art histories and the art histories of the Americas, to join the program, but also addresses neighboring disciplines such as Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Aesthetics and other fields dealing with the history of visual and material cultures.
« Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » analyses the connectivity of larger historical spaces in a transregional perspective and investigates artistic and aesthetic practices and the history of artifacts in a comparative approach, experimenting with new methodologies, forms of collaborative research and curatorial practices. The concept of Aesthetic Practices introduced by this program, is an invitation to study artifacts with their biographies as well as processes of transfer and transformation in a transcultural, postcolonial and global perspective. The program has no chronological or geographical constraints. It collaborate with the Berlin State Museums, the Berlin universities, as well as other international and national academic partners, and aims at an intense interaction of art  historical institutions.
Its scholarly environment is designed to enable and encourage both fellows and the wider community to experiment and refine transregional approaches to the history of visual cultures and aesthetic practices.
« Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » is an initiative of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (KHI) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. Art Histories is directed by Hannah Baader and Gerhard Wolf and cooperates with the program Connecting Art Histories in the Museum (Berlin State Museums/ KHI Florenz).

Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years (before their application). We welcome applications from all regions, with various disciplinary backgrounds, such as Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropology, Aesthetics, History, and all relevant neighboring fields dealing with artifacts, artistic production, material culture, and aesthetic practices relating to objects, images and architectures. Applicants should be interested to engage in reflexive and transdisciplinary research. Art Histories fellows are given the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within a transdisciplinary and transregional context. They are expected to engage in the program activities, such as regular seminars, workshops, conferences and a travelling seminar.
In the overall context of the « Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » program and the framework of the Forum Transregionale Studien, the fellows will be part of a creative, intellectually stimulating and discursive environment.
The fellowhip starts on 1 October 2018 and ends on 31 July 2019. In particular cases, shorter fellowship terms may be considered.
Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 2.500 plus supplements depending on their personal situation.
Organizational support regarding visas, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants become fellows of the program « Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » at the Forum Transregionale Studien and are expected to take up residence in Berlin.

Application Procedure
To apply, please send the following documents exclusively by e-mail as seperate word or PDF files:
– a curriculum vitae (in English)
– a project description (no longer than five pages / in English)
– a sample of scholarly work (about 20 pages of an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
– names of two referees (including their e-mail addresses)
The complete application should be submitted latest by15 January 2018 and addressed to
Successful candidates will be notified by April 2018. Information about the current status of the evaluation process will be published on the website

Institutional Framework
« Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research program is integrated in the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, a research platform that connects systematic and regionspecific questions, addressing entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and networks, that are engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of directors of universities, research institutes and networks mostly based in Berlin.
The Forum Transregionale Studien cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung and is funded by a public-private partnership.

The call for applications is depending on the provision of funding.
« Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices » collaborates closely with the following Berlin based institutions:
– Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
– Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Art Histories
– Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Art and Visual History
– ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstrasse 14
14193 Berlin

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